Dean William Schmandke, age 73, of Eden Prairie, died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 15, at his home.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, with family receiving friends between 1-2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 300 E. Fourth St., Chaska, with Pastor Greg Snow officiating. The inurnment will be at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
On Sept. 23, 1948, Dean was born in Waconia to Norval and Anita (Leikam) Schmandke, one of two children. On April 24, 1981, he married Julie Peterson in Waconia. They had two sons. They have made their home Eden Prairie since 1981. He was employed at Eaton Manufacturing in Eden Prairie for 30 years. He was a member of the Eden Prairie Lions. He enjoyed golfing, pro-wrestling, classic cars and was an avid Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Gophers basketball fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Norval and Anita.
Survivors include his loving wife, Julie; sons, Brian and Nathan Schmandke; sister, Kay (Jay) Molnau; nephew Joshua (Kari) Molnau, great-niece and nephews, Karli, Will and Lucas; niece, Amanda (Caine) Doucet, great-nephews, Ryder and Jackson; brother-in-law, John (Susan) Peterson; nephew, Joshua (Stephanie) Peterson, great-nephew and niece, Louis and Lola; niece, Nicole (Justin Albrecht) Peterson-Albrecht, and great-nephews, Jakob and Tyler.
Arrangements were handled by Bertas Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Chaska: 952-448-2137; bertasfh.com.